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What is TMD?

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction and is diagnosed when there is pain associated with your jaw joint or surrounding musculature.  This commonly becomes injured with overuse activities or trauma which can lead to difficulty with activities such as eating, talking, and laughing.  TMD can also be associated with headaches, neck pain, and postural changes.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapy for TMJ uses a variety of techniques to help reduce pain and improve function of your TMJ so you can return to the things you love.  Your physical therapist will ask you questions concerning your symptoms to get to the root of the issue and get you feeling better.  We use techniques such as soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilizations, stretching and ROM exercises as well as dry needling to help you return to your previous level of function.  If physical therapy is unable to reduce your symptoms, we can coordinate the most appropriate health care professional to see next.

Common Symptoms/Reports:

  • Pain when eating hard or chewy foods
  • Clicking of the jaw
  • Headaches/neck pain
  • Limited jaw motion
  • Increased ear pain
  • Bruxism or clenching and grinding
  • Pain after dental procedures/cleanings